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Family members waiting for the return of missing ones

Raymond R Kharmujai – Asian Tribune

It’s been years for the family members of Blebot Koch and Motingwell Thongni family members in North East India, who are waiting for the return of their missing ones back homes. Similar to the family members’ of Koch and Thongni, hundred other families are also waiting in their respective homes for the return of the missing ones. None knows the fate of such persons - whether they are even alive, or in what physical and mental condition they are in?

Dulux Paint on child saving path

By Quintus Perera, Asian Tribune

The Dulux Child Protection Fund received further exposure during Vesak when the CIC Banners Paints sponsored “Banners of Hope”, carrying the message “Help An Innocent Child Bloom” which was displayed at prominent locations in Colombo to raise funds and awareness for this worthy cause. Significantly, the banner of hope brought concerned citizens the opportunity not only to donate funds but also to pledge support to the cause by signing on it. When it was displaced at Nuwara Eliya more than 2,500 signatures have been collected at the first event arranged in Nuwara Eliya during the Sinhala New Year/Easter weekend.

Wilpattu Tragedy: Victim remains handed over to families

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The remains of the seven victims who died on Saturday while touring the Wilpattu National Park has been handed over to their respective families. Three LTTE laid landmines connected together saw a sad end to the lives of six local tourists including a famous local author, and their tour guide. The luxury vehicle carrying the tourists was seen in pieces scattered in many parts of the park, while body pieces of the victims were strewn everywhere.

Crocodile tears for elephants

By Janaka Perera - Asian Tribune

A writer calling himself Daya Dissanayake alleges (as reported recently in the Asian Tribune and the April 4 Daily News) that parading elephants during Sri Lanka’s temple festivals is torture to them. This criticism has been timed to coincide with the 2550th Buddha Jayanthi year. Why is this sudden concern for elephants used in religious festivals? There is something more than what meets the eye here. Why aren’t these bleeding hearts showing the same concern for the suffering of labour intensive bulls, for cattle (including pregnant cows and calves) that are transported and slaughtered under horrifying conditions or for chicken, goats, pigs and stray dogs killed with equal brutality? – Or for caged birds and other wild creatures? Why aren’t these `compassionate humans’ condemning the meat industry?

Co-Chairs urge Tigers to renounce violence, Govt to bring a new political system

By Our Colombo Correspondent.

Co-Chairs of the Sri Lanka’s peace process today urged the Tamil Tigers to renounce terrorism and return to peace process , while urging the government to address the legitimate grievances of racial minorities in the country. Failing to fulfill these commitments, the Co-Chairs warned, would increase the international isolation of the LTTE and diminish international support to the government of Sri Lanka.

Tamil Tigers cut, shot and massacred 12 Sinhalese civilians

Suspected militant cadres of the Sri Lanka Tamil Separatist organization cut, mauled, shot and killed 12 Sinhala civilians in a row on 29 May, around 8.30 p.m.. But 2 of them fled with serious injuries and reported the incident to the police this morning. They have been admitted to a local hospital for treatment. Unknown LTTE militant cadres entered the Sinhala settlement village of Rantharathenna in Omadiyamadu; around 10 km north of Welikanda in Polonnaruwa, Batticaloa border on Monday night shot and cut to death 12 Sinhala settlers.

Opportunities for bargain hunting

By Quintus Perera, Asian Tribune

The Share Market Review for the preceding week on All Share Price Index (ASPI) complied by the research team of the HNB Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd indicated that The market remained sluggish with low activity levels as investors continued to take a cautious approach. The All Share Price Index (ASPI) closed the week at 2211.6 points falling by 14.4 points or 0.65% compared to last week. Meanwhile the Milanka Price Index (MPI) showed a steeper 43.7 point or 1.53% drop compared to last week, to close at 2805.7 points on Friday. The faster drop in MPI was due to, majority of the heavy weights included in the MPI, including Dialog, JKH and SLT experiencing a decline in share price for the week.

Time for world nations to hold the Burmese generals accountable

National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, a Government in exile, has condemned the Burma Army Generals for their decision to extend the House arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the opposition in Burma. The Government in exile also has pointed out that, “It has become more apparent from recent developments that the only language these Burmese generals can understand is the threat to their security and their plan to install a military dictatorship through their national convention and other steps of their roadmap. “

Multi-donor technical assistance program to uplift SME development in Sri Lanka

By Ashwin Hemmathagama - Asian Tribune Financial Correspondent

The private sector arm of the World Bank Group; International Finance Corporation yesterday launched its latest program SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF) for Sri Lanka and Maldives which is a multi-donor technical assistance program for small and medium enterprise development. According to IFC the IFC-SEDF program will serve as a catalyst for accelerating the growth rate of the SME sector in these two countries. IFC South Asia Director, Iyad Malas explaining the program features said that it would help bridge the technical gap between the SME and the financial company while improving the business environment for SMEs, contributing to broad-based economic growth and to sustainable poverty reduction.

EU ban LTTE officially : LTTE agrees to attend talks

The European Union today placed the Tamil Tigers on their list of banned terrorists. The decision will be formalized later by an official publication in EU’s Journal. This is the biggest blow faced by the Tamil Tigers since they entered the peace talks negotiated by the Norwegian facilitators. Tigers are now on the banned list of 31 countries – i.e. 25 in the EU, plus USA, UK, Australia, India, Canada and Malaysia.

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